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Comment Re:fresh clean water? (Score 1) 150

any in flight service folks pop quiz how many salt shakers are normally stored in the galley??)

Probably none - why would there be? Salt and pepper packets, sure, but shakers? How 'bout pepper grinders?

[Back when meals were still being served in steerage class, I used to travel with a mini pepper grinder and a sample size of hot sauce. Always improved matters.]

Comment Re:$100,000? (Score 1) 276

The joke was that a real Delorean could barely do 88 MPH. In fact, some models had a speedo that only went up to 85.

This was due to a US law which limited speedometers to 85 mph. The law ran from '79 to '81 or '82; Delorean hit the market in '81. Hence, 85 mph speedos in the first ones.

Comment Re:Does it have to be the whole booster? (Score 1) 118

Yes, but you're comparing something that is currently flying to something that has absolutely no flight hardware developed. Adeline is just a dream in some CAD designer's mind at this point. Once they actually develop something (they are saying 2025 for first flight, so count on 2030 or later) then you can make comparisons but until then there is nothing to compare.

To be fair, they do have a scale model flying. [I wonder where SpaceX will be in ten years, considering that they went from zero to earth landing in under 14 years.]

Comment Re:FWP (Score 1) 228

Yes, I have, and I own an electric. But I will admit it's a toy compared to commercial gas blowers.

I could never convince the boss to shell out for a commercial, backpack design. OTOH, my job was to touch up after someone else did the bulk of the work - and the hand held units were damned convenient.

To be honest, as much as I hate them, I 100% agree that gas blowers are much simpler and faster to operate for professionals. Battery powered ones just don't have nearly as much power; plug-ins can approach the power of the lowest-end backpack gas blowers,

I wouldn't consider a battery powered unit for anything but the smallest jobs - but that is a knee-jerk response, because I've never used one. (And I'm very happy with my Craftsman C-3 tools, especially with the lithium-ion batteries).

but are impractical when they are using it all around a large home, through gates, in the front yard/street, etc (assuming the location even has accessible outdoor plugs).


And electric blowers that match the durability of a commercial backpack gas blower just don't exist. These guys aren't weekend warriors, they work at this 8 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. Efficiency and reliability is everything.

Interesting point. I didn't go electric till after I stopped using them on the job.

Sounds almost like I am pro-gas blowers - I am definitely not, I can't stand them. I am pro-paying gardeners more so they can afford commercial electric blowers with extra batteries, higher turnover from their inferior durability, etc. But it doesn't do me much good to pay mine more unless they actually use that money for that purpose, AND all of my neighbors and/or their gardening services do the same...

I was gong to say that what is really needed is quieter engine, but I suspect that rechargeable technology is the way to go. No reason that they can't be made as durable as backpack models (for a commercial price), and consider the idea of a handheld motor, plugged into a backpack mounted battery pack.

Look for me on Kickstarter . . .

Comment Re:FWP (Score 1) 228

That said, if people want to get rid of them, as mentioned in the article, they need to pay for it. Electric blowers are more expensive and less convenient, so if gardeners are forced to use them homeowners should expect to pay more and not complain.

Have you owned (or priced) leaf blowers? At the consumer end, you can expect to spend around 50% more (over $100) for a hand held gas model than you would for an equivalent electric model (~$60), and the electric one will probably last longer. Convenience is another issue; I'm fortunate enouigh to have a house where an extension cord plugged into a single outlet not only allows me full access to everywhere that I clear leaves, but powers my electric snow shovel in the winter as well.

I used to maintain vacation rental properties, and used a small gas model because AC power wasn't always convenient - they lasted about a year. No complaints, as we were using consumer grade goods in a commercial environment. I've been using my $60 electric now for five years ()home use, about weekly), and it is still going strong - although it is developing some bearing noise.

And BTW, the blower is far more efficient than a rake. It picks up dirt and twigs from hard surfaces that would otherwise require a broom, and cleans out flower beds and nooks and crannies that would be inaccessible to a rake. And no, I don't blow the leaves onto my neighbors' lawns or into the street - why would I? I certainly wouldn't do so with a rake. (And considering that the range of the leaves - and dirt! - being blown is typically measured in feet or yards, please don't suggest that their landing spot is beyond my control.)

Comment Re:Reminds me of 1970s station wagons. (Score 1) 116

I acquired my dad's worn out a '69 Merc Colony Park which had a gorgeous expanse of unbroken, wood patterned 'contact paper' on the sides. By the time i got the car (in '76), that vinyl trim had become structural - in was the only part of the car that hadn't rusted. I could find a slightly puffy spot on the regular painted bodywork and shove the ignition key straight through.

[This was when I lived in the Hudson Valley (in New York) where the regular use of salt in the winter was quite vicious to many cars].

I still miss that car.

Comment Re:Missed the boat (Score 1) 116

Lastly, most laptops end up discarded not because of damage, but because their
innards are obsolete. His insides are not upgradeable; the bulky case has limited
interior space and is not modular. The materials used are impact resistant but they
have to be made and formed by hand.

The innards are from the Novena project, which appears to specifically allow hardware upgrades. And while the interior space may be limited, do you actually expect future components to be increasing in size?

Comment Re:Penny (Score 1) 702

The tax at the checkout thing is because unlike VAT, our sales tax is a local thing, that varies by county, and city, and sometimes state.

Example: California is mostly broken up by city (or town, or village, or whatever) but does have some oddball, street address based variants. Washington is broken up by zip+four code. Another state has only one state-wide rate (My client in Oregon needed me to add out-of-state sales tax to their rickety SBT system.)

The politics of sales tax increases, and who gets a slice of them, is probably an industry unto itself, employing an unknown number of toadies and bureaucrats and enriching corrupt politicians across the country.

I did some work for the Riverside County controller's office back in the 90s. At the time, they published an annual tome showing the breakdowns of tax collected and tax disbursed for any address in the county. It ran eight or nine hundred pages, and - while it was necessary for internal use - it was also sold to real estate agents for around $85/copy.

[At the time, they were in the process of converting it to CD media].

Comment Re:Law Enforcement Doesn't want the Technology (Score 1) 555

No, this has nothing to do with aiming or accuracy. It is a technology which requires you to have a radio connected watch on your wrist in order for the gun to fire. As long as the watch is within range (presumably, less than a foot), the gun can be fired at anyone or anything which you care to destroy.

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